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The World Wildlife Fund has produced an index measuring the sustainable credentials of the major UK-based housebuilders. Two companies - Countryside Properties and the Berkeley Group - lead the pack with a score of 70 per cent, while the remaining eight lag behind with an average score of 30 per cent.

Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is officially the most expensive place in the UK.

Properties in the town cost on average a whopping £411,794, £30,000 more than homes in the next most expensive settlement, Richmond in south-west London.

A survey of England's 89 universities by the Independent has found that up to a dozen fear they will have to either merge or close if the government's plans for higher education funding reform fail to make it into law.

A local campaign group has found that all but one of the 14 residents living within a 1.6 km radius of Bears Down Wind Farm in Cornwall have suffered increased nausea and headaches since the windmills were first erected two years ago.

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